Author Archives: Maren

Prayer for Wuhan

God, for the people of Wuhan and Huanggang, Ezhou, Chibi, Zhijiang — we pray — for those sick and those grieving the loss of precious elders, for their fear in a time of forced quarantine, and the danger of being … Continue reading

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Guest Post — Yosimar Reyes

His bio reads this way — Yosimar Reyes is a queer, undocumented, poet, performance artist and public speaker. Larry Trent sends me his poems often share his them here. He is not just immigrant-poet or queer-poet a but speaker of … Continue reading

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Reading the gospel of Matthew in the wintertime

There’s something frosty to it, the way Matt lines up the begats, lets those Hebrew Bible quotes, lovely and as crystalline as snowflakes drift down here and here a cold lace on the dark humanity, a perfect fulfillment of all … Continue reading

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Guest Post for Martin Luther King Jr. Day by Vahisha Hasan

The Living Psalms Project of the United Church of Christ invites a team of writers to interpret and share the Psalm for the Revised Common Lectionary each week as it speaks to justice. Vahisha Hasan is the writer for this … Continue reading

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Remembering Christopher Tolkien

All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.” JRR Tolkien We remember Christopher Tolkien, a boy who heard the Father Christmas letters, wondering what would happen next to the North Polar Bear … Continue reading

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Reflection on the impact of the Australian wildfires on the land by Rev. Carol Hallman

Carol Hallman shared this poem with her congregation and with us as well. Kookaburra sits on the old gum tree, Merry merry king of the bush is he. Laugh, Kookaburra, laugh, Kookaburra, How gay your life must be! My heart … Continue reading

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An Update from Australia by Christine MacDowell and a Prayer for the Animals there

Christine MacDowell sent this note as a “comment” on the blog but I think that it is important enough to be a post so that everyone can read it. Many thanks to her and ongoing prayers for the situation. Maren, … Continue reading

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